Friday, December 31, 2010

Did you ever just wake up and realize that you're happy?

Did you ever just wake up and realize that you're happy, really truly happy?

Sometimes, in our house, it seems as though each morning the whole year through involves waking up to the alarm, jumping out of bed, rushing to get everyone ready for the day, thinking about what has to get done, where you have to go, appointments you have to keep. At times it's exhausting just thinking about it.


Perhaps it is that this holiday time of year gets one thinking fully in the gratitude mode, but a couple of days ago I awoke very early in the morning, and just laid in bed for a few minutes listening to the sounds of my husband and our dogs purring softly in their sleep, listening to the sounds outside, the morning wind whistling through the trees. I laid there and realized just how happy I feel, and how grateful I am for that happiness. This is it. This is happiness, just being here in this life with the beings who are my family, both human and canine. Happiness underlies all; no matter what challenges we may face, challenges which at times may seem daunting, happiness is still there.

As the new year begins tomorrow, I wish for all of you this same feeling, Happiness for 2011.

Cheers and love to all!
Happy New Year!



  1. Happy New Year, Jennifer! I like to wake up early and listen to the house noises too - usually drowned out by the cat's loud snoring :-) Jo

  2. I absolutely love the picture with this blog post. Was it taken in Dublin? My husband and I had the pleasure of coming to Ireland and Scotland this past September. We just didn't have enough time there.

  3. Hi Jo and Kathy, Lovely to hear from you.

    Jo, you just made me realize I forgot to mention our crazy cat. She sleeps in her cave in the basement, so oops I forgot about her.

    Kathy, the photo was indeed taken in Dublin. It is of the Ha'penny Bridge which crosses the Liffey. I know what you mean about not enough time there. Given the chance, I would stay in Ireland forever. Would like to make it over to Scotland as well, and England, and France, and...sigh. Too many great places, not enough time.

    Hope you both have a very Happy New Year! Cheers! Jennifer

  4. Happy New Year Jennifer, love this post! May 2011 bring you many hours of happiness and time in your beloved Ireland.

  5. Hi Carol, Thank You so much for your lovely wishes. May I say from your lips to God's ears. Happy New Year to you and your Man! May 2011 bring all good things to you. Cheers! Jennifer

  6. This is a great reflective post with lovely images and a beautiful picture to go with it. Happy New Year; hopes for a wonderful 2011 for you and your family.

  7. Hi Greta, Thank you so much for your lovely comment. All the best to you and your family in 2011.


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